I wrote an article for SoulCulture this other day, driven by my frustrations at the incorrect labelling of commercial reggae songs. Since time began, they've tried their hardest to label reggae music as something else, so I ensured people know that it's all from the tree of reggae. It's mainly directed at TV & radio programmers and other blogs though. Every day people just wanna hear good music that those people prevent the masses from accessing unless it's labelled something else.
"Hi, I’m Marvin Sparks and I appreciate all types of music (generic mucho?). You can follow me on Twitter to see the madness I listen to. Some may criticise, but I’m genre-blind; it’s all about chord progressions, drums and (in my case) HEAVY bass.
While I say I’m genre-blind, this whole post is about genres. Seems a bit contradictory until I explain why…
The genre that takes my body into the next dimension is, to put it simply, reggae. Now, reggae is a broad term because in reggae circles, artists such as Sean Paul, Shaggy, Beenie Man and Shabba Ranks are all known as dancehall artists. However when it comes to the big stages and corporate descriptions, they are known as reggae — the aforementioned are all Best Reggae Grammy Award winners.
So, following much thought and talks to people, I figured that maybe it’s time for a description for Jamaican music.
If that is the case, this is where the problem I’m going to address arises: When a non-Jamaican does a reggae song, why do music journalists, commentators and, in the end, fans use every word but “reggae” to describe a reggae song?"
Read the rest here: http://www.soulculture.co.uk/features/scarticles/what-do-you-call-it-islands-flavoured-rbhip-hop-fusion-carib-pop/